ZESCO will immediately implement load-shedding till December due to falling water levels at its Itezhi-tezhi, Kariba and Kafue Gorge power stations.
The power utility has further recommended immediate implementation reduced generation at Kariba complex to levels recommended by the Zambezi River Authority, and adjusting generation levels and water released at Itezhi-tezhi power station to ensure continuous flow of water to support increased generation at Kafue Gorge until December this year.
“The Independent Power Producers, namely Maamba Collieries Limited and Ndola Energy Company Limited, have been engaged to align their maintenance programmes to ensure maximum availability of their plants,” reads a presentation made by Abraham Sashi at Kansanshi Mine, Solwezi on May 16.
“Zesco, through the Demand Side Management, has drawn up a programme to engage its customers in order to manage their consumption patterns.”
The presentation further recommended for immediate implementation “occasional load management” of up to 250 megawatts on an average, and consideration for engagement of bulk customers (CEC and mines) to participate and support in energy saving strategies.
Sashi said rainfall performance for the 2018/2019 season most parts of the Zambezi and Kafue basins received below normal rainfall thereby posing a hydrological risk for power generation.
The rest of the country received normal to above normal.
On water situation, Sashi said levels were receding and inflows were worse this year than in 2014/15 adding that current level was lower than both 2014/15 and 2017/18 seasons.
Sashi said energy deficit was evident and Zesco urgent all stakeholders to be engaged on the management of the deficit.